Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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February 7, 2014

Beatlemania continues 50 years later

(Continued)

Valerie Stutler, Batesville, reports, “During my middle school years, I lived in the Washington, D.C., suburbs of Virginia. My aunt bought two tickets to see The Beatles in concert at the D.C. Stadium and invited me to go with her. What a thrill that I will never forget!

“On Aug. 15, 1966, my aunt and I sat through The Beatles concert amongst screaming and fainting girls. I can still see the images in my mind of the mannerisms of each Beatle as he performed, such as the way John stood close to the microphone, one foot on each side of the microphone stand, and bent at the knees as he sang. Paul, the left-handed one, moved the neck of the guitar around to the beat of the music as he played the bass and shook his head and tossed that Beatle haircut around. George was less active and did not move a lot on stage except with an occasional foot tapping. Ringo shook his head around often as he played the drums.

“The screams were so deafening that I could barely hear the songs, but I did manage to hear parts of the songs to recognize them. I bought a program at the concert and later wrote down the names of the songs in the back of the program. They sang songs such as ‘Day Tripper’, ‘I Wanna be Your Man’ and ‘Kansas City,’ as well as ‘Yesterday.’ I still have that program which is filled with a lot of black-and-white photos of The Beatles.

“I also have the ticket stub from that concert as well, which is framed in order to preserve it. The cost of that ticket in 1966 was $3. Isn’t that a hoot? I’ve been told that now the ticket stub is probably worth about 100 times that amount. I plan to hang on to it.”

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